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Over the past 10 years in Alberta, there have been approximately 60 cases of pertussis (also known as whooping cough) in infants less than two months of age. In three of those cases, the infant died.
Because of this, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the Alberta Advisory Committee on Immunization (AACI) have recommended pregnant women be immunized with the dTap vaccine during every pregnancy with the following guidance:
One dose of dTap (diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertusis) should be offered in every pregnancy ideally between 27 and 32 weeks of gestation (to maximize antibody transfer to the infant).
It may be provided from 13 weeks up to the time of delivery in view of programmatic and unique patient considerations (e.g., in case of increased risk of preterm delivery or travel).
If dTap immunization was provided at any time during pregnancy, including prior to 13 weeks gestation, it is not necessary to re-immunize.
Pregnant women who plan to access the vaccine at a pharmacy will need to get a prescription from an eligible prescriber, including pharmacists with additional prescribing authorization. Contact us for more details.
As of January 1, 2019, pharmacists will be able to provide routine Pneumococcal Polysaccharide 23 – Valent vaccine (Pneumo-P 23) to eligible adults, 65 years of age and older. Please contact us for further details.
Beginning in October of each year, Albertans 5 years of age and older are able to receive a provincially funded influenza vaccine at pharmacies. Influenza vaccines are offered during flu season set out by Alberta Health. 2021: October 18 2021 is the start of flu vaccine season.